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I am looking into buying a CZ 550 with a full length stock in 6.5. I really love the way these rifles look. The problem is that they are a serious chunk of change and they do not have the butter knife bolt handle, which I think makes the rifle the rifle it is. My question is whether it is possible to have a gunsmith put a butter knife handle on the CZ 550 and if a gunsmith can do such a thing, is it an expensive operation? Also, if it is possible, can any old gunsmith do it or do you need to find some sort of specialist? I really want to have a classic looking Mannlicher (style) rifle, but they are so expensive that if it cannot have the right bolt on it, then I think I will have to pass.

I guess a secondary question is whether anyone knows of a rifle that is cheaper than the CZ with a butter knife bolt that comes in 6.5? I know Steyr makes one, but it is way outside of my price range. Thanks for your help.
 

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I am looking into buying a CZ 550 with a full length stock in 6.5. I really love the way these rifles look. The problem is that they are a serious chunk of change and they do not have the butter knife bolt handle, which I think makes the rifle the rifle it is. My question is whether it is possible to have a gunsmith put a butter knife handle on the CZ 550 and if a gunsmith can do such a thing, is it an expensive operation? Also, if it is possible, can any old gunsmith do it or do you need to find some sort of specialist? I really want to have a classic looking Mannlicher (style) rifle, but they are so expensive that if it cannot have the right bolt on it, then I think I will have to pass.

I guess a secondary question is whether anyone knows of a rifle that is cheaper than the CZ with a butter knife bolt that comes in 6.5? I know Steyr makes one, but it is way outside of my price range. Thanks for your help.
Hello Mr West,
I happen to own a few Mannlicher stocked rifles and one of mine even has a butterknife bolt handle. Two of my Mannlichers are CZ 550 FS rifles (6.5x55 and 9.3x62). Two things I'll mention. 1.) The butterknife handle looks a lot better than it actually feels in use! 2.) Any good gunsmith should be able to shape/manufacture a good looking butterknife handle for you out of the one that comes on the rifle.

I am pretty particular about my rifles, as you seem to be as well, but a butterknife bolt handle is not something I reckon I'll ever look for again.

Best of luck!!
 

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Got to agree with Tnhunter -- the butterknife handle is miles ahead in looks, but a graceful knob works a lot better.

But then, sometimes looks are what we go for! There ought to be more than a few gunsmiths out there who could reshape the current handle or put on a new one; unfortunately, I have no name to offer.
 

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I have a Steyr in 7mm-08 with the butterknife handle. Works fine, shoots great. Guess you have to grow up with them to love 'em! I would prefer a 'normal' bolt-knob to the butterknife.

If you replace the bolt, having a new one welded on, make sure the gunsmith has done so before and knows the welding heat issues that affects metal properties. If just reshaping an existing bolt handle, that's just milling or grinding & filing and no heat issues there.
 

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I think the consensus is that there is a reason that we all use the normal style bolt now - it is just better. But, sometimes you want the 69 Charger even if a 2009 corolla is the "better" more modern car. Classic looks go a long way in my book. Thanks for the advice.
 
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